This thing just escalated quickly. The same day Antonio Brown posted a picture of a letter he received from Raiders GM Mike Mayock notifying him of his second fine for missing practice along with the words “When your own team want to hate”, the two of them had words at practice. The Raiders are planning to suspend Brown according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Next Chapter: Antonio Brown and GM Mike Mayock got into it Wednesday, and the team is now planning to suspend its star wide receiver, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2019
That altercation required a couple teammates to hold him back according to Vic Tafur of the Athletic.
Antonio Brown was unhappy about being fined and had an exchange with #Raiders general manager Mike Mayock on Wednesday. He was held back by a couple of teammates, sources said, and is now facing a team suspension.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 5, 2019
How long exactly Brown would be suspended is not yet known. We will update this post as more details emerge. For now, this appears to be the worst case scenario many dreaded after a rocky offseason with Brown that included missing all but one day of training camp with mysterious injuries to his feet and a helmet grievance with the NFL that was just resolved this week with Brown finally selecting a new helmet.
Mayock had previously given Brown an ultimatum near the end of camp when the receiver skipped out on practice following the NFL denying his first helmet grievance. This most recent situation is further proof that Mayock is not playing around anymore.
A suspension could prove costly for Brown.
#Raiders WR Antonio Brown and GM Mike Mayock got into it earlier this week, and it got ugly. Mayock clearly frustrated with AB posting his fine letter on Instagram. And now, a suspension for conduct detrimental could mean losing $30M in guaranteed money.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2019
The next question is whether Brown would be at practice today, and he was not.
Raiders are scheduled to practice at 10:30 am PDT, in 20 minutes. Antonio Brown, needless to say, is not there.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2019
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the altercation was one-sided with Antonio Brown yelling at Mike Mayock in front of teammates. He threatened to hit Mayock in the face and then punted the ball adding “Fine me for that.” Lovely.
Mike Mayock made a statement. It was a quick one, saying only that Brown was not at practice today.
It seems clear to me, Mayock is allowing for the possibility of cooler heads to prevail before deciding on whether to impose a suspension on Antonio Brown.— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) September 5, 2019
Following practice, it was Jon Gruden’s turn to speak. He had more to say. You can read that here.